Another New Philip K. Dick Adaptation - 'Now Wait For Last Year'

December 5, 2011
Source: Variety

Now Wait For Last Year

Hopefully this isn't another lame Philip K. Dick adaptation, like the've been recently. Variety reports that Lila 9th & Electric Shepherd Productions have optioned rights to adapt Now Wait For Last Year, a 1966 sci-fi novel by Philip K. Dick that describes a future where Earth has allied with an extraterrestrial species known as 'Starmen in their war against another species, the Reegs. Barrie M. Osborne (Lord of the Rings, Warrior's Way, The Great Gatsby), Cameron Lamb and PKD's daughter Isa Dick Hackett are producing. I always love the concepts in PKD's stories, they just haven't turned out great recently. Will this be different?

Set during a war between the 'Starmen (inhabitants of the planet Lilistar) and the Reegs, Philip K. Dick's Now Wait for Last Year is the story of Eric Sweetscent, an organ-transplant doctor who gets wrapped up in Earth-Lilistar politics. Whoa, this sounds awesome - if they can pull it off. Someone named Ted Kupper is adapting the screenplay. Variety says the producers will now work on finding a director, with "plans to start production in the third quarter of 2012." So we're got a while until we see this movie, sometime later in the year after we see the Ender's Game movie, if it all works out. In the meantime, grab Last Year on Amazon.

There have been plenty of Philip K. Dick adaptations previously (Blade Runner, Minority Report, Paycheck, A Scanner Darkly, Next, The Adjustment Bureau) and many coming up, including the pseudo Blade Runner prequel/sequel, as well as Len Wiseman's damn Total Recall reboot with Colin Farrell coming up, plus Michel Gondry's Ubik, Disney's animated take on his King of the Elves story, and maybe even Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said one day. I just hope one day one of these PKD adaptations turns out awesome, I'll keep my fingers crossed and an eye out for any updates on these projects. Anyone hopeful for this one?

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Awesome! Hopefully it will be in the same vein as Blade Runner, A Scanner Darkly, and Minority Report. Whatever happened to "Owl in the Daylight"?

Xerxexx on Dec 5, 2011


did he also write 8 O'Clock in the Morning, that director Matt Reeves is working on?

funnytunney on Dec 5, 2011


never mind that was Ray Nelson

funnytunney on Dec 5, 2011


I'm putting the fat cash on Gondry's Ubik as being the next best PKD adaptation but who knows " Now Wait for Last Year" could end up being sweet too.

Fnord on Dec 6, 2011


Wait wait wait...michel gondry is adapting Ubik?! How the hell wasn't I aware of this? This is the best movie news I've had all year! I love that book, one of my favourites!

Ricardo_PT on Dec 6, 2011

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